Perla Rodriguez

In her 21-year career as a teacher, English Language development facilitator, and principal, Perla Rodriguez has dedicated herself to delivering high-quality, dual language learning opportunities that encourage students to see the world through a social justice lens. Rodriguez advocates for equity at the school and district level, promoting culturally competent curricula and programming that build proficiency while cultivating resilience and compassion. At her first assignment, Rodriguez coordinated an overhaul of the school’s literacy program, transforming the school from lowest-performing in the district to the recipient of multiple honors from the Oregon Reading Association, including Exemplary Reading Program and Model School. At Echo Shaw Elementary, where she has served for the last six years, Rodriguez has strengthened early childhood foundations by developing the district’s first all-day Kindergarten and pre-K programs. She also led her district through a major restructuring of its dual language program, supporting curriculum research, selection, and implementation. FGSD is now the only district in the state and one of few nationally to offer AP Spanish starting as early as 7th grade. Rodriguez is a founding member and treasurer of the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators and was honored as Distinguished Latino Educator of the Year. She holds an A.A. from Treasure Valley Community College, a B.A. in Education from Boise State University, an M.Ed. from Concordia University, and a Ed.D. from George Fox University.